It may not be football but one Stevenage man is on the verge of a shock transfer move on deadline day.

Lewis Hamilton is seemingly on his way to Ferrari in 2025.

The 39-year-old, former John Henry Newman pupil, is entering the first of a two-year, £100m deal with Mercedes.

But it is understood that as part of that deal, the seven-time Formula One world champion is eligible to leave at the end of this season.

That clause is something that he is apparently going to exercise although both Mercedes and Ferrari have declined to comment so far.

The move would end an extraordinarily successful partnership with the German giants.

Hamilton won six of his world titles with Mercedes in the space of seven years from 2014 through to 2020.

However, the team have since fallen off the pace and Hamilton has not won a race since narrowly missing out on a record eighth world championship in 2021.

There would be a vacancy at Ferrari if Carlos Sainz’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of the current year, is not renewed.

The Italian outfit’s other driver, Charles Leclerc, recently agreed a new long-term deal.

It is not the first time Hamilton has been linked with Ferrari, with rumours of a potential move prior to him signing his most recent Mercedes contract last year.

Hamilton began his Formula One career with McLaren and won his first world title with them in 2008 before switching to Mercedes in 2013.

In terms of race wins, he is the most successful driver in the sport’s history with 103, 12 ahead of Michael Schumacher, with whom he shares the record for the most world titles.